05-24-2018 BCYF large animal registration deadline fast approaching

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BCYF large animal registration deadline fast approaching

The registration deadline for large animals to be exhibited at the 2018 Berrien County Youth Fair is June 1. Animals needing to be registered by June 1 include Dairy, Sheep, Goats, Swine, Llamas/Alpacas, Equine and Beef breeding. Registration is open to any Berrien County resident ages 5 to 20 years of age. Exhibitor age is as of January 1, 2018. Again this year, online registration is free for all departments, EXCEPT Equine! Online registration is now open. Once registered, (each year you will create a user name and password – it can be the same as last year’s) exhibitors can return to the program and add more entries up until each entry deadline. Families can register under one e-mail and password. The exhibitor’s printed email confirmation will serve as the traditional yellow copy of the entry form and is required on entry day, just as the yellow copy of the traditional entry form is. The link for online entries can be found at www.bcyf.org. Entry forms may be brought to the Fair office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday on or before June 1, postmarked on or before June 1, or placed in the drop box outside the Fair Office after office hours until midnight on June 1. The Fair Office will be open on June 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accept entries, but exhibitors are encouraged to get their registrations in early.

Animal identification rules from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) include: DAIRY & BEEF must have official USDA identification tag – Tag Hotline (800) 292-3939 or registered breed tattoo accompanied by breed registration papers. GOATS must have official USDA Scrapie identification tag – Tag Hotline (517) 337-4705 or registered breed tattoo accompanied by breed registration papers. SHEEP must have official USDA Scrapie tag – Tag Hotline (517) 337-4705. SWINE market ear tags provided by BCYF meet the requirements for the official ID for State & Fair guidelines. The USDA tag number must be on the entry form when it is turned in to the Fair Office by the June 1 deadline, so youth need to order their tags as soon as possible. Exhibitors wishing to enter a registered goat MUST turn in a copy of goat registration papers with entry form. In addition to the USDA required ear tag, individuals registering market animals will also need to come to the Fair Office and pick up the BCYF ear tags for those animals. BCYF ear tags must be in the animals’ ear by August 1 or the entry will be disqualified. Other registration deadlines include: July 1 for small animals (rabbits, poultry, cats, dogs, pocket pets) and August 1 for still exhibits (crafts, home economics, flowers, horticulture, variety classes).

As a reminder, there are limited numbers of exhibitor handbooks and entry forms available at the Berrien County Youth Fair, all Berrien County public libraries, the Berrien County 4-H Office and Watervliet Fruit Exchange. No late registrations will be accepted. Questions can be addressed by contacting the Fair Office at 269-473-4251. Berrien County Youth Fair dates are August 13-18 with the theme “Passport to Adventure.”